I am about to have the first "group travel" experience of my life -- I'm being taken with 10 colleagues to Hong Kong for three days, departing tomorrow. I'm already having nightmare visions of trailing along behind a flag-hoisting guide like a line of touristic ducks, but nothing to be done about that.
I've already scoured the board and noted all the Hong Hong chow ideas for my free time (of which I won't have much) -- but I've *just* received the official program for the trip, including the locations of all group meals. I know that by definition, "catered" meals are usually uninspired at best and godawful at worst -- and I find it appalling that we have to have Western breakfasts in the hotel rather than launching out for dim sum -- but I wonder if any of you Hong Kong experts out there could help me by filling me in on the places we're going. Any of these sound familiar? Just how scared should I be?
Friday dinner: at "one of the Lamma seafood restaurants -- Hilton, Mandarin or Conrad"
Saturday lunch: dim sum at Jumbo Floating restaurant in Aberdeen
Saturday dinner: China Club ("menu: hot and sour soup,
sauteed shrimp and honey beans in XO sauce, baked filet of garoupa with garlic, panfried beef filet with onions in brown sauce, yu fungus & bamboo fungus in "Lo Hon" style, sauteed chicken with leeks, braised e-fu noodles, fresh fruit platter")
Sunday lunch: "szechuan meal in local restaurant"
We're staying at the Ritz-Carlton. Looks like my free time will be limited to a few hours Friday afternoon, and about five hours each on Sat and Sun afternoon. Given that I'll be saddled with non-chow colleagues, are there any ABSOLUTE MUSTS (in terms of actual restaurants or regional dishes) that I'll kill myself if I leave Hong Kong without tracking them down? Preferably with easy access from the hotel ... Posters have already mentioned mantis shrimps and roast goose ... anything else?